The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), is a national accelerator supporting dedicated individuals (‘Fellows’) to scale their high impact, evidence-based innovations across the NHS and wider healthcare system.
It was launched in July 2015 to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View, and aims to:
- Help create the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically in the NHS
- Deliver innovation into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit
- Learn from Fellows’ experiences so that others benefit from knowledge generated
As part of an annual international call, the NIA invites applications from exceptional individuals representing innovations which address clear needs and challenges faced by the NHS.
All innovations selected to join the NIA undergo a robust, competitive, multi-stage process involving a college of expert assessors drawn from a wide range of organisations including NHS England, NHS Digital, AHSNs, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and The Health Foundation.